The award-winning Lloyd’s building is situated on Lime Street in the City of London and is the home of the Lloyd’s of London insurance institution and the world’s leading insurance market.
Designed by the acclaimed architect Lord Richard Rogers in 1986, the Lloyd’s building proudly stands out as one of the most unique landmarks on the London skyline.
The first Lloyd’s building (at 12 Leadenhall Street) was built on this site in 1928. In 1958, due to expansion, a new building was constructed across the road at 51 Lime Street. In 1978, again due to the prospect of overcrowding, Lloyd’s commissioned Rogers to redevelop the site and the original 1928 building was demolished to make way for the present one which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986.
Also known as the ‘Inside-Out Building’, the Grade I listed building took 8 years to build and consists of three main towers and three service towers around a central, rectangular space. Standing at 88 metres high to the roof, with 14 floors its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes are on the outside, leaving the space inside uncluttered.
At the building’s core is The Underwriting Room which houses the famous Lutine Bell, historically rung when a ship went missing at sea. The Underwriting Room (often known as ‘The Room’) is overlooked by galleries, forming a 60 metres high atrium lit naturally through a huge barrel-vaulted glass roof. The first four galleries open onto the atrium space, and are connected by escalators through the middle of the structure. The higher floors are glassed in, and can only be reached via the glass outside lifts.
The 11th floor houses the Adam Room, an 18th century dining-room designed for the 2nd Earl of Shelburne by Robert Adam in 1763; it was transferred piece-by-piece from the previous Lloyd’s building.